Dreams Don't DieA Lesson by Carrie Ann G
Dreams begin in the mind and heart of a person.
“Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” -Ritu Ghatourey
Dreams begin in the mind and heart of a person. They include one’s passions and desires and intense interests. They give one a glimmer of hope. As from above quote, they tend to give one meaning in life. Something worthwhile to pursue, and hopefully one day achieve.
So, in a nutshell, how can having a dream help a person?
• Provides hope
But, what happens when a person gives up on those dreams? Or deems them unreachable because an unthinkable event occurred?
“Dreams never truly die; they just change their appearances.”
This was something I penned not so long ago as I tried to convince
myself that my dreams were NOT dead. When I was twenty-one years old, as
I was in the middle of pursuing one of my dreams, I was diagnosed with
Usher Syndrome (a degenerative eye disease that also included moderate
to profound hearing loss). I felt that my life had ended; that there
were no hope in heck that I would be able to continue pursuing my
dreams. So, I gave up on all of them.
So, what changed me?
Who are some of these people?
Joni Eareckson Tada-suffered a similar injury as Michaela and became a quadriplegic. She went on to record several music albums, penned books, and became an advocate for the those in the disability community.
Haley Moss-a contemporary American artist and author with High-Functioning Autism.
Brad Scott-even though he has Cerebral Palsy this didn’t stop him from becoming a Paralympian (middle distance runner).
Evelyn Glennie-a hearing impaired individual who became a successful classical music musician (virtuoso percussionist).
Carme Garcia-is visually impaired who went to be a para-alpine skier, blind sailor and journalist.
Brad Snyder-A Navy veteran who was wounded in the eyes due to an attack while on tour in Afghanistan and lost his sight turned Paralympian.
Rebekah Gregory-a runner who lost her leg in the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing only to return to the same race a year later and finished with a prosthetic leg.
Jack Marchetti-a software engineer, screenwriter, and film maker who has Cone-Rod Dystrophy (similar to RP).
Knowing all this gave me hope. If they could accomplish what they did even with their disabilities and diseases, then I no longer have any excuse!
This also means you no longer have any excuse to go for your dreams regardless of your disability whether they’re mental, physical or emotional. If these people above can do it, so can you!
One of the dreams I’m working on reclaiming is getting back into running and eventually racing. I’ve recently started by getting outside and walking two miles each and every day. Soon, I will pull on a pair of running shoes, and attempt a short jog and see where that leads me.
Those first steps you take are so crucial but also quite scary.
What if I fail? If you do, then pick yourself back up and try again. If the way you’re doing things aren’t working out, then find another way. Remember, you no longer have any excuse to not at least try.
Also remember this: You’re not alone so find others and build your
support group. I’ve been told that it can be one of the most important
parts of achieving success.
So, here are my challenges to you:
1. Recognize the dreams and hopes you lost/gave up, and the reason you did.
2. Admit to yourself that you need these dreams.
3. Pick one of your dreams, and find a way to achieve it.
4. Share it with at least one person what you intend to do.
5. Put it in to action!
Added on August 6, 2016
Last Updated on August 6, 2016
Carrie Ann G
Grand Forks, ND
AboutAdirondack native who, not in her right mind, relocated to North Dakota. Short-story writer/poet/citizen journalist; has a mind that never sleeps!